It is amazing how many people live in North Wales that have never been up Mount Snowdon but for me it was on my bucket list and so when I heard about Snowdon Rocks it was a ‘no brainer’……walk up Snowdon, raise money for a good cause and be part of something special, especially as 2016 was the 10th anniversary of the event!
For those of a certain age you may remember The Alarm and their charismatic frontman Mike Peters. What you may not know is that he has battled chronic lymphocytic leukaemia and Non Hodgkins lymphoma and has set up the charity Love Hope Strength Foundation, which uses the funds raised to purchase medical equipment and supplies, raise awareness through special events, documentaries and media, build cancer centres and find bone marrow donors.
The event is basically a walk up the Llanberis Path and a special acoustic performance at the summit and although I am reasonably fit I really wasn’t sure what to expect in terms of the walk. All I would say is if you respect the mountain you will be fine. If you go prepared, wear the right clothes and equipment it will be okay and there are people there to support you.
The event also raises money for Awyr Las, the North Wales NHS Charity, which is raising money to provide services that the NHS doesn’t fund.
It was an amazing day starting with speeches and a song from Mike Peters at the Penceunant cafe at the foot of the Llanberis path before the stirring sounds of the Cambria Marching Band set us off on our journey to the summit.
I met some fabulous people and had a great time. I will openly admit that I don’t consciously think about helping others but this event inspired me and I now support both charities. We live in a crazy world and we shouldn’t have to have these charities doing what they do but it is sadly a fact of life.
I was glad I was part of it and I hope to go in 2017 on Saturday 24 June, when it will mark the finale of Mike Peters / Love Hope Strength 351120 Walk Across North Wales, part of The ‘By Your Side’ campaign, which is aiming to raise £351,120 which is £1 for every foot from Ysbyty Gwynedd to Ysbyty Glan Clwyd to Wrexham Maelor.
I get the feeling it will be another special event…the only thing I can’t guarantee is the weather so if you get involved go prepared!